Here at Neat HQ we are always encouraging people to eat a few more greens and so St Patrick’s day seemed like the perfect excuse to celebrate with something green! Whether you’re in search of a hangover cure or have decided to give the Guinness a miss this year, our 5 green shakes will certainly put you in the holiday spirit. So join us in raising a glass with one of these shamrock coloured smoothies, and toast to St Patrick’s Day the healthy way. With this much goodness in one glass, you’ll soon be feeling the luck of the Irish!
Ultimate St Paddy’s Day Shake
Of course, this shake can be enjoyed any time of the year but it is especially good on St. Patrick’s day; a.k.a. the day we all go green! Bursting with nutrients from fruit and veg, you’ll have a punch of protein and antioxidants to get your day off to the best start possible.
To Make: Combine 1 scoop Neat Nutrition Naked Protein, 1 avocado, 2 kiwis, a handful of spinach, 1 banana and a splash of Rude Health coconut drink in a blender and whizz until you have a nice, thick, bright green shake. Taste the goodness!
Just Be Good To Green Shake
This green dream might scream ‘healthy’, but our Just Be Good to Green shake is so tasty, even the most veggie hating person will like it. You can put as much spinach in as you like, and the more you add the more vibrant that green colour will be - the leprechauns would be proud! This is one of the three awesome shakes available at the Neat Café in Regent Street, and for good reason!
To Make: Put 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, ½ banana, handful of spinach, a splash of Rude Health coconut milk and a couple of ice cubes into the blender and whizz – simple!
The Hangover Cure Shake
Celebrated the festivities with a few too many pints of Guinness? This Shake is bursting with antioxidants from fresh fruit and veg and contains our Supergreens Powder to give you an immune boosting hit of green goodness. The banana and coconut water are full of potassium to help clear that fuzzy head and the chia seeds will help to prevent dehydration. You’ll be feeling back to your normal self in no time!
To Make: Pop 1 scoop of Neat Nutrition Supergreens Powder, Handful of blueberries, 1 banana, 1 handful of spinach, 1 tsp chia seeds, coconut water and ice cubes in the blender and blend until you have a smooth shake.
Mint Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are an Instagrammers dream: a thick smoothie poured into a bowl and decorated in such a pretty way that you almost feel guilty for eating it… almost. Smoothie bowls are completely customisable and can include anything you like. If you can make a smoothie, you can make a smoothie bowl.
We asked Katie Morgan to provide one of her favourite green smoothie bowls for all our Neat friends.
To Make: Combine 2 frozen bananas, 1 scoop Neat Nutrition chocolate whey protein, a handful of spinach leaves, 1 tbsp. almond butter, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp. cacao powder and a small handful mint leaves in your blender and blend until thick and well combined. Pour into a bowl and top with almonds, chia seeds, coconut, cacao nibs, goji berries or buckinis. Go wild but use moderation!
Top tip? Chill your bowl before you start. It’ll keep your smoothie extra cold.
Kiwi and Wheatgrass Shake
Need some serious goodness before the St Paddy’s day antics begin? Kiwis are bursting with antioxidants, so along with the blueberries, this shake is packing a punch in regards to helping you fight those free radicals. They are also a great source of vitamin C and contain a good dose of fibre to help with digestion and keep you feeling satiated. Meanwhile, wheatgrass is an easy addition to your five a day. Containing vitamins A, E, C, K and B6 as well as calcium, iron and magnesium, it’ll provide a good source of micronutrients – this Irish holiday has never been so healthy!
To Make: You will need 2 kiwis, a handful of blueberries, a handful of spinach, 1 tsp Neat Nutrition Wheatgrass powder, ½ cup apple juice and ice. First, peel and quarter your kiwi (unless you really like that fuzzy skin). Pop everything in the blender, starting with your apple juice. You only need a little of this as the kiwis will produce a lot of juice. Blend until the spinach has broken down. Voila, a tasty treat with a good mix of fruit and veg!
This blog was written by Kathryn Armitage. Kathryn: the creator of lifestyle blog, kathrynarmitage.co.uk. Covering everything from culture and society to health and travel, check out her blog for a lot of seriously good food, opinionated rants and plans for world adventures. You can also find Kathryn on Instagram and Twitter.